Unconditional Love

2002

Unconditional Love

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What's a middle-aged woman to do when her husband walks out on her and her favorite pop star is murdered by a serial killer? Writer/director P.J. Hogan explores this and many other pressing questions in Unconditional Love, a comic murder-mystery he devised with his wife and co-screenwriter, Jocelyn Moorhouse. Their heroine, Grace Beasly (Kathy Bates), finds her placid Midwestern life turned upside down after she loses both of the aforementioned men in her life: her husband (Dan Aykroyd) and the Tom Jones-like, Welsh singing star Victor Fox (Jonathan Pryce), whom she unabashedly worships. After Fox's death, Grace impetuously flies to England for his funeral. Paying an uninvited visit to his countryside estate, she discovers Dirk Simpson (Rupert Everett), Fox's longtime, secret live-in lover, who's also in a state of shock following the senseless murder. Together, the two team up, traveling back to the Windy City to find the infamous "Crossbow Killer" who took Fox's life. After receiving a fall 2002 release in the U.K., Unconditional Love had its U.S. premiere on the Starz network in August 2003. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Cast

Kathy Bates
as Grace Beasley
Rupert Everett
as Dirk Simpson
Dan Aykroyd
as Max Beasley
Jonathan Pryce
as Victor Fox
Peter Sarsgaard
as Window Washer
Stephanie Beacham
as Harriet Fox-Smith
Richard Briers
as Barry Moore
Marcia Warren
as Linette Fox-Moore
Mark Finney
as Executive
Greg Pitts
as Officer Hogan
Eyal Podell
as Officer Whitcher
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Critic Reviews for Unconditional Love

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  • A misconceived comedy that despite a warmly empathetic performance from Kathy Bates, never makes its characters' unorthodox chemistry gel.

    Jul 10, 2003 | Full Review…

    David Rooney

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Part fantasy, part mystery, part women's melodrama, part musical, but not satisfying on any of these levels.

    Aug 23, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • An enjoyable little film, certainly a cut above the direct-to-video treatment its getting

    Jan 15, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Perdido entre a farsa, a crítica social, o drama e uma trama policial ridícula, o longa faz o máximo para tentar se estabelecer como cult, mas é bobo demais para isso.

    Apr 30, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Unconditional Love

  • Jul 05, 2009
    At times the humour is so painfully inept and clumsy, it renders whole segments totally surreal and extremely embarrassing to watch: Julie Andrews' cameo, which was initially amusing but it quickly overplayed it's welcome so that when she turns up a second time with the same joke you want to scream "Why??!!"; Everitt faux wanking a gun in a glittering blue suit; the whole crossbow killer storyline that made no sense whatsoever; the insane chat show ending complete with Barry Manilow!! But, for some reason I kept watching and did actually laugh out loud on occassion. And I loved the joky references to 'Don't Look Now' Not quite good enough to qualify as a guilty pleasure but fun just the same. I just can't imagine wanting to watch it again
    William S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2009
    it begun well with cathy bates acting in it and then slowly from that high point turned into what i like to call trash tv. the sorta stuff you end up watching at christmas with the family even though you know it is shit! that sums up this movie i think. dan aykroyd might as well have not been in it. that's how effectual he was!
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  • Sep 18, 2008
    A very entertaining,absurd comedy with some very touching moments. I loved it!
    Audrey L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2008
    Very funny movie with a silly fun premise.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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